formed in 2006 andhas members from many walks of life. The coalition sees
itself as a collaboration of people working within all segments of the community
to create a safe, caring, and drug-free community. It is the vision of the WCHC
that all residents—especially children and youth—are nurtured to achieve their
personal educational, and economic potential. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The WCHC
has a variety of interesting projects and activities and is always looking for
youth and adult volunteers. If you can help in some way, please contact Paula
Ekstrom at 815-476-0434.
The mission of the Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community is to build a community free of substance abuse by effecting lasting, positive changes for the economic, social, spiritual and physical well-being of Wilmington’s children and adults.
Kits Help Parents Test Teens for Illegal Drugs
What do you do if you suspect that your child is abusing drugs? For some parents, a drug
screen done in the privacy of the home will help settle suspicions and provide information
needed to help the child.
The Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community (WCHC) is offering free 5-panel drug
screening kits to parents who want to test for cocaine, opioids, marijuana, amphetamines,
and benzodiazepines. Kits can be picked up at the Coalition office at 201 Winchester Court,
Tuesday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Meri Knauer at 815-476-1660.
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* Refers callers to organizations that can help them
* Provides reassurance calls for the elderly, disabled, and homebound
* Assists people who are in crisis and is credentialed in suicide intervention
The Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community envisions itself as an organization facilitating all segments of the community(ies) working together to create a safe, caring, and drug-free community where all residents especially children and youth—are nurtured to achieve their personal, educational,
and economic potential.
The coalition envisions a Wilmington area were:
Adults set good examples for youth, and each adult mentors at least one youth;
Residents work with families, the schools, churches, and other organizations to assure a quality education for all children and youth;
There are numerous mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services locally available;
There are numerous and varied youth and family organizations and activities and a well-supported
youth center with varied programs, including sports, art and cultural events
Adults, youth, and children accept that crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility, and work cooperatively with the police in crime prevention;
Families are strongly supported by all segments of the communities and family involvement is high in those organizations such as churches, the public library, the schools, and civic organizations that help to build
strong family foundations.
The Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community (WCHC) meets monthly.
Meetings are held every second Monday at 6:30 p.m at Wilmington City Hall, 1165 S.Water Street
Meetings are open to the public
Wilmington Coalition for a Healthy Community
201 Winchester Court, P.O. Box 27 Wilmington IL 60481